The Public Interest

Are we a nation of cities?

Daniel J. Elazar

Summer 1966

It is generally agreed that the United States is now “a nation of cities,” – to use a phrase popularized by Lyndon B. Johnson – and that this has given rise to a unique and dramatic “urban problem.” When a proposition of this kind receives general assent, however, it may be just the right moment to look at it critically and skeptically.



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